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Synonyms for severe
səˈvɪər

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Wiktionary

  1. severe(adjective)

    Very bad or intense.

    Antonyms:
    mild, minor

  2. severe(adjective)

    Antonyms:
    lenient

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. severe

    That is severe which is devoid of all softness, mildness, tenderness, indulgence or levity, or (in literature and art) devoid of unnecessary ornament, amplification, or embellishment of any kind; as, a severe style; as said of anything painful, severe signifies such as heavily taxes endurance or resisting power; as, a severe pain, fever, or winter. Rigid signifies primarily stiff, resisting any effort to change its shape; a corpse is said to be rigid in death; hence, in metaphorical sense, a rigid person or character is one that resists all efforts to change the will or course of conduct; a rigid rule or statement is one that admits of no deviation. Rigorous is nearly akin to rigid, but is a stronger word, having reference to action or active qualities, as rigid does to state or character; a rigid rule may be rigorously enforced. Strict (Latin stringo, bind) signifies bound or stretched tight, tense, strenuously exact. Stern unites harshness and authority with strictness or severity; stern, as said even of inanimate objects, suggests something authoritative or forbidding. Austere signifies severely simple or temperate, strict in self-restraint or discipline, and similarly unrelenting toward others. We speak of austere morality, rigid rules, rigorous discipline, stern commands, severe punishment, harsh speech or a harsh voice, hard requirements, strict injunctions, and strict obedience. Strict discipline holds one exactly and unflinchingly to the rule; rigorous discipline punishes severely any infraction of it. The austere character is seldom lovely, but it is always strong and may be grand, commanding, and estimable.

    Synonyms:
    austere, hard, harsh, inexorable, inflexible, morose, relentless, rigid, rigorous, stern, stiff, strict, uncompromising, unmitigated, unrelenting, unyielding

    Antonyms:
    affable, bland, easy, genial, gentle, indulgent, lenient, mild, pliable, soft, sweet, tender, tractable, yielding

Princeton's WordNet

  1. severe, terrible, wicked(adj)

    intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough"

    Synonyms:
    life-threatening, dreadful, distasteful, revolting, pixilated, repellant, foul, implike, repellent, mischievous, arch, austere, serious, awful, puckish, frightful, horrendous, sinful, tremendous, disgustful, dire, loathly, stern, grievous, skanky, repelling, atrocious, painful, prankish, impish, grave, dangerous, yucky, wicked, unholy, dread(a), hard, unspeakable, horrific, terrible, dreaded, abominable, frightening, fearsome, fearful, loathsome, direful, stark, disgusting, spartan, knockout

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, fancy, mild, weak, indulgent, noncrucial, good

  2. hard, knockout, severe(adj)

    very strong or vigorous

    "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

    Synonyms:
    arduous, wicked, grueling, tough, grievous, serious, terrible, toilsome, hard, stark, life-threatening, spartan, stern, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, grave, austere, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, dangerous, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, indulgent, fancy, weak, mild, noncrucial, good

  3. austere, severe, stark, stern(adj)

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

    Synonyms:
    life-threatening, perfect(a), consummate(a), unadulterated, double-dyed(a), austere, serious, ascetic, bare, arrant(a), stark, desolate, staring(a), unrelenting, stern, grievous, sodding(a), unappeasable, grave, everlasting(a), crude(a), dangerous, wicked, complete(a), hard, gross(a), terrible, stark(a), pure(a), relentless, barren, unforgiving, blunt, grim, bleak, inexorable, exacting, thoroughgoing(a), strict, ascetical, utter(a), spartan, knockout

    Antonyms:
    noncrucial, noncritical, indulgent, good, mild, fancy, weak

  4. severe, spartan(adj)

    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

    "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing"

    Synonyms:
    serious, stark, spartan, ascetical, grave, knockout, austere, terrible, wicked, hard, life-threatening, stern, ascetic, dangerous, grievous

    Antonyms:
    noncrucial, noncritical, mild, fancy, indulgent, good, weak

  5. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening(adj)

    causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"

    Synonyms:
    sober, serious, wicked, stark, unsafe, terrible, hard, spartan, stern, heavy, unplayful, weighty, monstrous, grave, good, grievous, atrocious, sedate, flagitious, life-threatening, dangerous, knockout, austere, heartbreaking, heartrending, solemn

    Antonyms:
    indulgent, fancy, weak, mild, good, noncrucial, noncritical

  6. severe(adj)

    very bad in degree or extent

    "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"

    Synonyms:
    serious, stark, spartan, grave, knockout, austere, terrible, wicked, hard, life-threatening, stern, dangerous, grievous

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, indulgent, mild, weak, noncrucial, good, fancy

Editors Contribution

  1. blique

    a condition which potentials to a catastrophe.

    after the hurricane, the entire nation human is rather oblique.

    Submitted by anonymous on January 21, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. severe(a.)

    Synonyms:
    rigid, stern, harsh, bitter, austere, rigorous, stiff, strait-laced, hard, unrelenting, relentless, inexorable, peremptory

  2. severe(a.)

    Synonyms:
    strict, exact, accurate, methodical

  3. severe(a.)

    Synonyms:
    simple, plain, unadorned, concise, chaste

  4. severe(a.)

    Synonyms:
    caustic, satirical, sarcastic, keen, cutting, stinging, biting, sharp

  5. severe(a.)

    Synonyms:
    distressing, afflictive, acute, violent, extreme, intense, hard to bear

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How to use severe in a sentence?

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    All organs of one's body, if becoming ill, mostly that neither abstract nor accept the medicinal chemicals; consequently, such a patient faces grave mental conflict and severe health damage from that. Factually, natural herbs can be significantly best and effective for all diseases, in all dimensions and stages if one carries out that accurately.

  2. Commerce Secretary Yau Tang-wah:

    Arrivals in August dropped 49.6%, early in September they dropped by 30% to 40%. The situation is severe.

  3. Eloise Marais:

    We can't in good conscience continue to rely on fossil fuels, when we know that there are such severe effects on health and viable, cleaner alternatives.

  4. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Therefore, we wish not to judge our parents for being too severe or strict, because the majority of us will sooner or later become parents too.

  5. Matthew Kronman:

    We know that pregnant women and infants are at especially high risk of severe disease with influenza.

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